Downtown Steamboat BAP store renovated in effort to give space a retail feel
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Changes are coming to the BAP factory store located a 703 Lincoln Ave. in downtown Steamboat Springs.
“The new owner of the unit is doing some renovations,” BAP store manager Jonathan Boza said. “It’s no longer owned by Vectra Bank, but it was still set up like a bank. It had a deposit box and an ATM, and was designed to be a bank and we made it work. The new owner wanted to update it, so that it would be more of a retail store.”
When finished the entry of the location will no longer have a deposit drop box or the area that housed an ATM until a few months go.
That area will be opened up giving the retail space a better flow, and more floor space. The owner will turn the back space into offices that will be rented out. The new store is expected to reopen for business May 20.
“That’s when our annual Memorial Day sale starts,” Boza said. “We hope to have it open to coincide with the start of that sale.”
“What it means to the public is that we are closed right now at Lincoln until the renovations are complete and we reopen as a new BAP store,” Boza said. “The owner is letting us work with the contractor to make it more retail minded and to have a more open floor plan.”
The store gives BAP exposure on Lincoln Avenue, introducing visitors to the products BAP has to offer.
“At first it was just people walking by on the streets that would come in the doors,” Boza said of the main street location. “The locals started to realize that there was an extension of BAP on Lincoln, and we started to see way more locals shopping there as well. We also keep more of the discount items over there, or the closeouts if you will, because their is more space there than there is in the red house.”
“Now we will get full frontage view into our store from the main doors,” Boza said. “It’s going to be a lot easier for a customer walking down the street to look through those doors and see what is going on there, and it will help us get more traffic.
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